Côté Gold Mine Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Côté Gold Mine Project located in Ontario. To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

IAMGOLD is proposing the development, construction, operation, and remediation of an open pit gold mine and associated infrastructure. The proposed mine site, located 20 kilometres southwest of the community of Gogama in northeastern Ontario, would process 60,000 tonnes per day of ore, with a mine life of approximately 15 years. Ore would be processed on site to produce a final doré bar that would be shipped off site for sale.

Written comments must be submitted by April 15, 2013 to:

Côté Gold Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 907
Toronto ON  M4T 1M2
Telephone: 416-952-1576
Fax: 416-952-1573
MineCoteMine@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80036). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post on its website a decision stating whether a federal environmental assessment is required.

If it is decided that a federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information:

Media may contact: 
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0278


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